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FY2016/17 Research Theme

“Human Rights of Sexual Minorities and Civil Society in Asia:
A Comparative Analysis of Singapore, Taiwan, Province of China, and Japan”

 

  Presently, issues involving the expansion of human rights of sexual minorities (i.e. lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, called “LGBT”) are being included on the political agenda not only in the West but also in Asia. In Japan, in 2015, Shibuya Ward and Setagaya Ward began to issue to same-sex couples certificates recognizing their partnerships as equivalent to marriage. Discussions on same-sex marriage and other issues involving sexual minorities, as well as trial measures for sexual minorities, have just been launched in this country.
      This research will feature a comparison between Singapore, where same-sex marriage and sexual intercourse between men are illegal; Taiwan, Province of China, which is moving toward the establishment of a law on same-sex marriage; and Japan, where discussions on same-sex marriage have finally begun. The research will reveal the features of each country by highlighting the movements for the expansion of human rights of sexual minorities, and focusing on members of civil society serving as an important element in such movements, especially women’s organizations.


 

FY2016/17 Visiting Researcher

◆Keiko Tsuji-TAMURA

Professor, Faculty of Law of the University of Kitakyushu


◆Kyoko HIKITA

Associate Professor, Kagoshima Prefectural College